Dana L. Robert
Dr. Robert is Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission and the director of the CGCM. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of mission history, the history of world Christianity, and mission theology. At Boston University she has directed over sixty doctoral dissertations, and former students hold teaching and ministry positions around the world. In 2011 she delivered a keynote address at the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia. In 2010 she delivered the Alexander Duff and the Henry Drummond Lectures in Scotland, the opening keynote lecture at the historic Edinburgh 2010 conference, and the Henry Martyn Lectures at Cambridge University. Her most recent books are Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), now in its sixth printing; and Converting Colonialism: Visions and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914 (editor, Eerdmans 2008). She wrote the study Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity for the 2010-2011 summer schools of mission for The United Methodist Church. With M.L. Daneel, she edits the book series “African Initiatives in Christian Mission” (University of South Africa Press). Robert received her BA from Louisiana State University and her PhD from Yale University.
VIDEOS AND INTERVIEWS:
Six Part Interview With Dr. Dana Robert discussing Edinburgh 2010 and Mission.
“Live Joy”: a video companion to the Mission Study, “Joy To the World,” by Dana Robert.
Missions and the Importance of Institution-Building
PBS video “Reverse Missionaries” featuring Dr. Robert as well as an extended interview.
Thanks to EMU for permission to post it!
Rev. Lisa Beth White’s lecture “How to Lead a Mission Trip” is now online at BUniverse!
For two years I have been working to bring a new course based on missions work in the HIV/AIDS to STH. This spring it has happened. The advert is below. More importantly, this is the first course with a critical international public health component and one which is field tested in missions round the world. Values and practices is based on my foundational work with the Ford Foundation and WHO on Decent Care. It will look at health and health systems and give a sense of how to understand what is happening in systems and what can change for the patient and family in that system. By enacting agency every one of us can be the manager of our own health care. For those of us in missions it is crucial to understand how each of us can have a say in what happens to people in health care encounters. The course will be driven the class itself with reasonable reading assignments and paper by midterm. The final will be the writing of an Op Ed piece, max 750 words. That should lighten the end of year issues, all to be done before finals week. Cannot figure out how to do this any better. It is a first-run course and we will learn from each other how best to make this work. So I hope you will consider signing up.
Important theoretical and practical issues related to cross-cultural, governmental and nongovernmental and faith-based service work related to the practice of *Decent Care and its application in developing healthy communities will be surveyed.
Structured according a developmental approach to health and health systems, students will be encouraged to think critically about and experience the application of values and assumptions undergirding health systems and structures of such service work as currently envisioned and practiced.
Case studies, guest speakers, and multimedia offerings will enrich the context of informed disciplinary and cross disciplinary approaches.
*Decent Care is a concept developed in the World Health Organization by the instructor. Decent Care bases the planning, delivery and evaluation of care on values that place individuals, in their social and cultural contexts, at the center of the caring process. The aims of decent care are to develop health systems around the primacy of persons in their own health care, and to build a bridge between the principles of human rights and the practice of medicine. By listening to and honoring the voices of the people care processes and models can be developed that respond to the needs of a community enabling human flourishing.
Tracy Howe Wispelwey, a long-time singer and songwriter, visited the BUSTH on May 2, shared her journey, her vision for art and music being a restorative force in the world, and some of her songs. Psalm 126 has been particularly important to her. “It is how transformation happens,” she said. “You do this and I will be there (not it will happen).” She likes to collaborate. In recent years she has worked closely with groups of people in many local contexts, particularly in Latin America. You can listen, download, or share some of Tracey’s music here.
Dr. Dana Robert & Rev. Don Woolley
Rev. Don Woolley, an Alabama pastor and leading activist in the movement to make the church a movement again, visited BUSTH on April 24 and 25 to talk with faculty, administrators, students, and Conference leaders of the local UMC about forming missional churches. A response to the end of Christendom, the purpose is to reorient the church from a bunker, deficit mentality to an external focus taking the Gospel out into the world.”There is a difference between reaching out to the community because you need them to survive and reaching out because the community needs Jesus,” said Woolley in his Thursday lecture.
Rev. Woolley is working closely with the Australian Alan Hirsch, founder of Forge International and Forge America, its spin-off in the U.S. Forge does domestic missionary training that is fully grounded in Scripture, something they believe churches forgot because of their status during the seventeen hundred years of Christendom. Their inspiration, rather, is the pre-Constantinian Early Christian Church where Christians took Jesus very seriously in spite of the radical implications of the gospel. They denied themselves. They loved others. Women had authority. And they grew hugely, even though they were illegal and the price of becoming a Christian might be death.
A lively discussion ensued about the differences between the church growth model, which Rev. Woolley feels is basically consumer driven and seems to be running out of steam, and the missional model he, Hirsch, and Forge are advancing.
The CGCM Spring newsletter is done and available here. Check it out!
The team of researchers who have been working to construct the ground floor of a project to understand the establishment and growth of the Korean Diaspora community in Boston in the 1950s and 1960s presented the results of their work to date at CURA, the Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs on April 8.
Prof. Robert Presents
Dr. Dana Robert introduced the project and briefly described a meeting with Dr. Hesung Koh who helped inspire it and advanced a working relationship between the Center for Global Christianity and Mission and the East Rock Institute which is located in New Haven, CT and is one of the oldest and most important Korean culture institute.
Daewon Moon talked about the Korean Society of Boston and the first Korean church of Boston, both founded in 1953 and how they contributed to promoting Korean Studies at the universities in the Boston area.
Hye Jin Lee talked about Sungha Kim, a Korean BU alum, who made huge contributions to the development of the Korean Collection at the Harvard-Yenching Library.
Dr. Doug Tzan talked about the methodological issues involved in the project.
A diverse group of scholars from different parts of the BU community assembled to hear the presentation, ask questions, offer advice, and commit to helping advance the project to the next level.
East Rock Institute is our partner in this project. Their latest newsletter includes an article by Hye Jin Lee about the project on page 6 but a link to the entire newsletter is included here for readers who want to get better acquainted with this organization.
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A new article has appeared about Dr. Marthinus Daneel and Zimbabwe in The Witness. Click through to the post to get the link.